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FOX News
Aug 25, 2013 4:00pm PDT
quote your thoughts on it? >> the der spiegel article says espionage against the united nations took place in 2012, which i find deliciously ironic that the obama administration is spying on the united nations. here is what i think. any gathering of foreigners is a legitimate target for american espionage, unless we have agreement that precludes us from doing it. and any foreign government absent such an agreement that doesn't think we may be spying on them doesn't live in the real world. that's the way it is, doesn't
PBS
Aug 26, 2013 3:00pm PDT
quote violence. the united nations said today it expects all member states to respect the privacy of diplomatic communications. that came after the german magazine "der spiegel" reported the u.s. national security agency hacked into internal communications at u.n. headquarters in new york. the magazine cited documents obtained from n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. they claimed the n.s.a. also bugged the european union's
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 10:00pm EDT
's the case of his life - they're trying to sue the united nations. >> the united nations have a lot of money, we don't have. and they have a lot of -- a hundred thousand lawyers. we have only 12! the balance is for them. if they need to comply with the law, the balance is for us! >> the lawsuit - filed in november 2011 - claims that un failures to screen its soldiers for cholera and follow international rules on waste disposal constitute gross negligence. it's based on the un's own investigation which concluded that the nepalese base leaking sewage into the river was a likely source of the outbreak. and it's composed of thousands of stories of personal loss, each one documented by mario and his team. the next meeting is in mirebalais... the town that's home to the un base where the disease is known to have started. henrietta paul's husband was one of the very first to die. she doesn't know exactly where he's buried - back then the death toll was so high that bodies were being dumped in mass graves. today, she and her daughter lisette are filing a new claim. henrietta's only son, died three w
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 5:00am EDT
of all the mix of the united nation to check up, if it is used chemical weapon in the eastern guta are not. and the regista and the fact of using this prohibited way of fighting. but the second state is to find the responsible side for this. i reject fully and unconditionally the convention of the syrian government before any results of this mission can be published. that is one. because beforehand they blamed syrian government and if it is blamed oppositional but between opposition we know who can use it on the side of a position if those, who against the government will use this. i want to hear reaction of the united states government because they are ready to wage war against syria but i'm not here the subject that they are ready to stop encouraging military elements through target or incorporate opposition. i remind you. >> reporter: western experts are saying about this attack, that it's either a grave miss calculation on the part of the syrian government or that it's an act of open defiance. it sounds like you don't think it is either, you don't think the syrian government i
PBS
Aug 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
that the nsa has been listening in on the united nations. >> america's national security agency allegedly cracked the encryption guarding the united nations internal video conferencing system, and that is according to a german publication that says that the surveillance of the united nations to lace last summer, and three weeks after hacking into the video system, the american spy agency had allegedly boosted its number from 12 to 400 58. for anyone who does not already know this, spying on the u.n. is illegal under international law, and their spiegel also says there is a moderate--monitoring program in over 80 embassies and consulates around the world, often without the knowledge of the host country. now, many may be wondering why is it that the united states would want to spy on the united nations, spying on its allies, because as we have been reporting, u.s. president barack obama said himself recently that the nsa is in place to protect american security and target only potential terrorists. >> what we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an e-mail address
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
. tonight the united nation is his calling for an investigation. opposition groups claim the government used chemical weapons on its only people last night and they claim the unverified pictures circulating today prove their point. we want to warn you some of these pricks are extremely graphic. they show injured people being treat bide hospital workers while others lie motion little, activists and opposition forces say they are victims of banned chemical weapons fired by government forces. other video shows survivors struggle to go breathe. al jazerra can't verify the videos and it's still unclear whether or not chemical weapons were used. now, an emergency session of the you feel n. security council was called upon in new york and here that part of the story. six. >> reporter: this girl is one of the survivors. i am alive. i am alive, she cries. she is surrounded by hundreds of dead and dieing. all with no obvious injuries, no wounds, no blood. and whatever killed them, didn't discriminate. most of the bodies in this room are of babies and children. >> the number of victims from children an
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 12:00am EDT
more lives and many more made homeless. >>> the united nations reports that child refugees have reached 1 million and satellite images of the az zaaingstari refugee camp. >> the united nations says over half the syrian refugees in jordan are under the age of 18. after witnessing violence and multiple violence, anger at their situation according to aid agencies at jordan al zaatre refugee cax. causing significant psychological suffering to people. this is merriam, she has family back in syria and doesn't want them to be hurt. >> i'm a girl that used to be happy and now i'm sad because of what happened in syria. to me my country was heaven on earth. >> teenagers like maria ufer. >> a two-year-old girl was raped in a nearby town. her parents couldn't deal with it so they slaughtered and buried her. >> these young girls have seen everything from death of family members and friends to the wholesale destruction of their homes and neighborhoods. here, special play areas monitored by coaches have been set up to help children heal. >> aid agencies believe one of the best ways to help children re
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT
>> the chief united nations weapons inspector arrives in damascus as president obama meets with his national security team to discuss options on syr syria. >>> wildfire spreads into yosemite park and a new threat to francisco. >> i have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. >> remembering the dream and the dreamer 50 years later. >> thousands of people making their way through washington, d.c. for days of festivities marking that historic speech from dr. martin about howg jr. and the march on much this day this movement has changed life for africa americans. what has it meant for if you? >> well, the original march was a turning point for me in my life because it was the first time that i was able to really stand up for what i believed. i knew it was right. i knew it was right to my bones to go to >> yeah 7. >> for his take on today's event gas thevent, for the first timee have whites and blacks in intimate settings, allowed to go to church together, organize tog
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 12:00pm EDT
out of syria at this hour. at this hour, that is the syrian ambassador to the united nations addressing the security council there which is meeting to determine what to do next. >> all of the details related to this situation. i am in your hands. >> reporter: do you want the team to find out -- assign responsibility for the incidents? and when did angela kaine request to visit guda? there seems to be some disparity there? they are saying there was a five-day delay. >> mr. angela kaine concluded an agreement with the syrian government with regard to her visit, and the visit was granted. she was granted with her team to to go to the locations where the chemical -- where the allegations of the use of chemical weapons -- are there. so there were -- there were no delay whatsoever, and she was granted access to the locations that she and the other doctor wanted to visit. >> reporter: where did these gases come from? >> you may be aware that long time ago, a couple of very important information spread all over the media, and nobody spoke about it, but we conveyed it if i recally spe
PBS
Aug 22, 2013 6:30pm PDT
the united nations security council's response. >> several red lines have been crossed. of sanctions are not imposed immediately, then we will lose our power to deter. >> the united nations secretary- general called on syria to give chemical weapons inspectors immediate access to damascus suburbs where the alleged poison gas attacks occurred, but members of the united nations security council failed to pass a binding resolution. russia toss foreign ministry questioned the account of the rebels of the foreign attack -- russia's foreign ministry. >> a political solution is the only way to stop the violence and spilling of blood in serious. it's the only way to protect the syrian people. >> for russia, that means no intervention in syria's internal affairs. >> we will go back over that russian connection and a few minutes, but first, we go to max hoffman, covering washington. here we go again with this talk about a red line with chemical weapons in serious set by washington. any chance this time that the u.s. is going to move and take action? >> there is really no sign for that at the m
CBS
Aug 25, 2013 8:00am EDT
to be euthanized. this year, 170 dead dolphins have been found. what's causing the spike in ? >> a united nations team is on the ground right now in syria looking for answers on whether the government used chemical weapons. >> and new research showing how some video games can actually be good for your brain. fox5 morning news sunday will be right back.  >> now breaking news regarding the troubling situation in syria. the white house just announcing there is, quote, very little doubt chemical weapons were used by the regime against civilians. now the possibility of u.s. military action is looking more like a reality. the navy is pre-positioning some of its warships in preparation for the president's decision. here's the latest. >> the navy has sent a fourth warship, armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern mediterranean sea. the white house says president obama wants to hear from a united nations team on the ground in syria that chemical weapons were used earlier this week before the president makes a decision about how the u.s. will respond. in the meantime, the preside
CBS
Aug 25, 2013 11:00pm PDT
and children. the united nations will investigate if poisonous gases were used. a warning it will be difficult to watch. >> reporter: they are saying there is little doubt they used chemical forces. the attack last wednesday killed more than 300 people including wednesday and children. after days of pressure and meetings with united nation's representatives, syrian's government agreed to let u.n. experts inspect the site of the attack. the information administrator says they never used chemical weapon. the united nation's team will begin a fact finding mission to determine if gases were used but the united states is concern today is too late. u.s. officials argue days of heavy bombing around the area likely destroyed evidence of a chemical attack. the defense secretary says that president barack obama is considering a u.s. riresponsibility. >> president barack obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. many lawmakers are cautious about military action. >> the number one chief objective should be to secure and destroy the weapon f. we have to do it militar
FOX News
Aug 25, 2013 4:00pm PDT
bugging, the united nations? a new report says america's spy agency, the nsa, targeted u.n. headquarters. in minutes, what the latest allegations against the nsa could mean for washington and our allies. and when you run with the bulls, you want to dodge the horns. but there's another danger lurking in america's newest past time, the drones over the sand. no really, you have to watch out for those, too, apparently. i am harris faulkner. the pope, leader of one billion catholics around the world has spoken about syria. as you know, world governments, including our own, are pondering what to do about the civil war in syria creating millions of refugees, putting pressure on neighboring muslim countries and potentially punching holes in an already fragile imbalance there. it could be the opening for terrorists to capitalize on the chaos in syria. aside from the wrangling by the politicians and diplomats, today, pope francis called for action, urging the international community to step up efforts to help syria end the war. the pope addressed tens of thousands of worshippers in st. peter's squ
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
allegedly been deployed. and should this be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> the united nations security council failed to reach an agreement on a response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation but said it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission and to continue civility. >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and unscientific. there is no use of that weapon at all. >> both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. the sunni national coalition has called for an international investigation. today the u.n. will investigate allegations of previous attacks per the mandate. there have been claims and counter claims, the slaughtering of the syrian people is likely to continue. >> and al-jazeera will be monitoring the situation from lebanon. >> we have heard allegations that chemical weapons were used against certain members of the syrian government. russia, china blocking any resolution or any statement demanding an official investigation on what exactly happened in the suburbs of damascus. so they have lost faith
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 9:00am EDT
brown, a former u.k. minister and former secretary general of the united nations joining us out of london. good to have you with us. a lot of sort of various developments to consider when it comes to the syrian situation, but let's look at what's happening in the u.k. right now. the prime minister david cameron is expected to lead a debate in parliament on military action in syria, however no binding action will be taken today. it seems that the u.k. is slowing down somewhat from an immediate military strike. you must be happy about that. >> yeah, i think there's great relief across most of the british public. there has been a race to do something over the weekend, and frankly, they were getting ahead of themselves, the government was getting ahead of itself. i think there's a general view here in the u.k. that if there is to be even limited and proportionate military action, it needs to follow and not proceed full airing of the issues and the intelligence about the chemical weapon strikes in the security council, and that it's far preferable, although perhaps not likely that ac
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 9:00am EDT
. we have more. >> united nations chemical weapons investigators leave their damascus hotel to inspect the site of last week's attack. a u.s. spokesperson said unidentified snipers deliberately shot the first vehicle to approach the area, the vehicle was forced to go back to the check point. it took four days of negotiations before the syrian government allowed access. hundreds of men, women and children were killed on wednesday night, in a damascus suburb. the assad government has repeatedly denied all responsibility, but send year u.s., british and french officials say they have little doubt who carried out the attack. >> from accounts that we have and some of our partners around the world have, what is certain is that this massacre originates from bas bashar ral assad's reg. >> diplomatic pressure hasn't worked. an acknowledged response to the attack is responsible. >> we cannot in the 21s 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity, that people can be killed in this eight and there are no consequences for it. >> syria's biggest ally, russia said ther
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 1:00pm EDT
for the united nations but people of syria still have to live there, forget about the officials, are there concerns about collateral damage, after all, the target is chemical weapons depots. >> there have been concerns about that, and there have been defectors, so to speak, who have come out of the syrian government during this civil war who had been operatives inside the syrian government, and they have reported to integrators who talked to them after they left the nation that there are 50 different sites scattered around the nation of syria. syria ma may have the largest supply of chemical weapons. they're only one of seven who haven't signed a convention not to hold or utilize weapons of that nature. they could be scattered all over the place. using that as a target appears fairly unlikely because the collateral damage could be so bad, and they don't want to jeopardize any neighborhood in that way. the target will likely be where the chemical weapon could be produced. >> david jackson, thank you for your reporting. >>> if there is definitive evidence that the syrian governmen
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm EDT
to the united states or anybody else to aggress any member of the united nations on basils allegations that are not yet clarified scientifically and politically speaking by the investigation team. >> but john, as this war of words unfold. there are still the u.n. inspectors on the ground. how safe are they? what happens if there is an attack? >> i think if there were to be an attack, and the inspectors were in their hotel in damascus, then they would be fairly safe and protected from that. but the problem is what you don't want is for them to be surrounded by syrian military officials to hold them hostage or an angry mob or crowd as they make their way to the airport. we'll see these inspectors come out before there is any kind of an attack. the state department will probably tip off the united nations and tell them to leave. there is a precedence of this in baghdad the inspectors were in before the missiles went in. we heard from ban ki-moon, the secretary general of the united nations, he referred to the august 21st incident, the inspectors are gathering hair samples, blood samples,
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 8:00am EDT
of the fact that the united nations is set to leave on saturday and they think people will leave syria in larger numbers after that. i did talk to a couple members of the united nations team that works in the area between syria and israel and confirmed the fact that the rest of the u.n. will leave syria saturday. they were headed back, depending what happens after that date. >> david jackson reporting from lebanon, an important perspective at the border of syria and lebanon, david, thank you so much. >> as the obama administration continues to weigh military strikes against syria, behind the scenes, diplomatic maneuvers are at work. joining us now for a look at those maneuvers is send year fellow at the council of foreign relations and foreign policy planning official under secretary of state colin powell. you probably heard our reporters talking about the latest developments. given the latest, how likely do you view outside military action in syria at this point? >> well, the momentum has slowed somewhat since a couple of days ago, when secretary kerry described what he called the abs
PBS
Aug 24, 2013 5:00pm PDT
was behind the massacre and wants to respond with force if the allegations are approved. the united nations fourth secretary said this was a chemical attack carried out by the assad regime. and a similar voice from sweden, its foreign minister concluding there was a hard decision other than chemicals had been used. a necessary response to what they call is a crime against humanity. president obama called them an indispensable nation stabilizing the middle east. there has been no international action on the findings of the syrian army. our correspondent has more. >> syrian state television is saying that they found traces of chemical agents after entering tunnels used by rebel fighters in the damascus suburbs. the shells they found had markings on them that said they had been made in southeast arabia, just a reminder that saudi arabia is opposed to the syrian president. the soldiers started suffocating and ambulances had be sent to the scene to assist. syrian television is also reporting the soldiers found antidotes that are used to heal the intoxication, this coming after reports of a new a
PBS
Aug 23, 2013 6:30pm PDT
by the asad regime. >> the united nations secretary general is demanding that serious allow weapons and sectors immediate access to the site of the alleged attack. while deliberations continue at the un security council, opposition activists report assad post army -- assad's army is wasting no time in pushing further into rebel territory. >> for more on this, let's go to our washington correspondent. president obama very cautious with what he is saying about serious, but at the same time, he is leading the world know washington is not going to do anything right now -- he is letting the world know washington is not going to do anything right now. >> the u.s. has two major problems at the moment. the first is that under no circumstances to they want to get involved in another full- scale war like they did in iraq and afghanistan, so that is just not going to happen. the second is they are unsure who to throw their full weight behind in the syrian opposition because that just has so many faces, so they are very reluctant there. the one thing they can actually do is try to affect the mi
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 5:30am EDT
governments are saying it was not the syrian regime. in fact at the united nations nations countries like russia and china have so far suggested there should be no rush to judgment who used these weapons. in fact, the russian government has hinted at the possibility that it was the syrian rebels themselves who used the chemical weapons so certainly a complex situation and whether or not it actually is determined that chemical weapons have been used it is going to be very detrimental not only to the syrian people who reached another grim milestone, the united nations committee for children unicef has come out and said 1 million children refugees are now making up half of all those refugees that have left syria as a result of the fighting. in addition, 7,000 children, 7,000 children of the 100,000 people that have been killed are also children. a grim milestone, a lot of international debate about what to do and still no solution on the horizon for the people of syria. >> really the untold story as all the refugees and children. m power in 2011, of course, during the arab spring and was on
LINKTV
Aug 24, 2013 6:00am PDT
that the united nations high are presented for disarmament arrived in the country. the job facing angela kane is to gain access to the site close to damascus of the suspected chemical attack after opponents of bashar al-assad claimed the syrian government forces used chemical weapons on wednesday in a tax said to have left hundreds dead, but the bashar al-assad regime said it was the rebels who employed chemical weapons. the one thing that is clear is that theaters that have come in -- is fears that chemical weapons have been deployed to prompt the united states to move forces near the region. >> what really happened? leaders want to know what took place and what action the world community should take. speaking to cnn, u.s. president barack obama called the accusations of a chemical weapons attack a major event of grave concern and government forces are considering all options including a military response. and its very troubling, starts getting to some core national interests the united states has, both in terms of us making sure weapons of mass instruction are not delivering, as well as nee
CBS
Aug 26, 2013 4:30am PDT
attack outside damascus killed hundreds of civilians. marlie hall reports today the united nations will begin investigating whether poisonous gases. a warning, some images may be difficult to watch. >>> reporter: white house officials say there is little doubt syrian forces used chemical weapons to attack civilians in the suburbs of damascus. aid groups say the alleged attack last wednesday killed more than 300 people including women and children. after days of pressure and meetings with united nations representatives, sunday the syrian government agreed to let u.n. experts inspect the site of the alleged attack. syria's information minister says, the regime of president bashar assad has never used chemical weapons. the united nations team will begin a factfinding monday to determine if poisonous gases were used. but the united states is concerned it's too late. u.s. officials argued days of heavy bombing around damascus likely destroyed evidence of a chemical attack. defense secretary chuck hagel says president obama is considering a u.s. response. >> president obama has asked the
PBS
Aug 26, 2013 7:00pm PDT
their heels at a damascus hotel, united nations inspectors got a green light from the government to head to the site of that attack. but no sooner did they arrive than they were portably came under fire -- reportedly came under fire. syrian state television claimed terrorist. the incident will not keep the united nations from proceeding. one year after barack obama warned chemical weapons were a red line that could trigger u.s. military action. they are hinting they could act without formal united nations backing with options ranging from stepping up military aid to the rebels to no-fly zones or tactical airstrikes on government targets. assad has some pretty strong allies. russia and iran. they warned this week and that it be a grave error. assad gave an interview to a russian newspaper. the u.s. can expect to fail. america has taken part in numerous wars, but has never been able to achieve the political objectives. i will begin on my right. we have jordan. welcome to the show. former u.s. state department official, you were based and damascus in the early 1990s. well acquainted with th
MSNBC
Aug 29, 2013 2:00am PDT
there's a clear vote from the united nations security counsel. across the region, though, reaction is not waiting. most people here are anticipating that strike. some of syria's closest allies including iran and here in lebanon and hezbollah issued strong warnings. a senior official said any strike on syria would be america's second vietnam and would be the end of the israeli state because of the strikes that would take place. other countries like jordan say they will not allow their territory or air space to be used for any possible air strikes against the syrian government but across the region it's the people the most concerned. thousands of refugees in the past 24 hours alone. >> yes, the refugee crisis is a major one. what are people saying. you talked to people in the region, obviously the rhetoric is ramped up. have the fears been ramped up? >> that's correct. on a humanitarian level international organizations like the united nations and others in the region are concerned about what this will mean for the syrian people. 2 million refugees already poured into the countries n
FOX
Aug 25, 2013 10:00pm PDT
the united nations to inspect the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack. the reaction from the white house was stern. an anonymous official said the u.s. now has quote very little doubt that president assad's forces used chemical weapons. the belated decision by the regime is too late to be credible because the evidence has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime's shelling as well as other actions since the attack. >>> dozens of victims of the war are seeking help while syria continues to flatly deny it has ever tried to poison its own people. katie yudas explains it's now time for the u.s. to intervene. >>> syrians are fleeing for northern iraq. rows of refugee tents line these barren landscapes. this as united nations investigators work to gain access to a site outside damascus where 1,300 people were killed yesterday. allegedly by chemical weapons. >> i don't believe them. because it's all staged and fabricated. >> reporter: the syrian foreign minister spoke out. u.n. inspectors may gain access to the site as soon as tomorrow five days after the alleged attack. vi
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
since the attack over a week ago. >> and yet there is a situation in the united nations. should we wait for the united nations security council to do something? >> well, it's so predictable. >> and will they do anything? >> the british are taking it to the council in the next day or two. it's so predictable that the russians are going to maintain their position along with the chinese and there will be no resolution out of it. >> you've been in diplomatic circles. how can russia continues to do nothing, yet when we see the images of those children and families suffering, how can you not act if you are russia? >> well, they've had a pretty rough policy of their own in chechynia over the areas against rebels there and militant islamists, they are merciless themselves. that's part of it. the other part is they say they're not persuaded that the evidence is that good. >> why? >> because -- >> do they have anything to back that up other than wanting to be a thorn in the side of the obama administration, which is not the diplomatic term that you might want to use. >> well, there is a contest f
PBS
Aug 28, 2013 11:00pm PDT
ready to go on this alone without the united nations or some of its allies? what we are talking about this with the obama administration, elected on the fact we need to rebuild alliances and not leave the u.n. out of it. but they are ready to go with some allies. the u.k. -- britain was on board, but it looks like they are reacting tonight and saying, look, let's wait for the u.n. weapons inspectors report. we got into trouble for not listening to the u.n. in iraq. a long legacy there. the u.s. will have to have a choice in the next few days about whether to go quickly or whether to wait for allies. >> thank you so much. the five permanent members of the united nations security council have been holding talks on a british-backed resolution that could allow military action in syria. that concluded with no signs of a vote. continuing talks are expected to meet further questions from russia and china, who strongly oppose military strikes. syria's representative to the u.s. -- u.n. said his country is in a state of war. >> in a surprise appearance, syria's u.n. envoy lashed out of the u.k
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 6:00am EDT
that the different countries russia and china and the united states and the uk. >> united nations security council to pass a resolution which would authorize use of force and require permanent members to agree to such a resolution and it is adopted by russia and china saying the resolution for the time being is out of the question. >> reporter: what do you think the next step is? because we are hearing very sort of loud words as well as developments only today from the united kingdom for example saying they are possibly preparing contingency plans. so what are the u k and u.s. going to do? do you see this to be some style of intervention on the grounds of humanitarian? >> that is a very good point. because i anticipate that the legal and military options are being considered and let's not forget the aftermath because the syrian foreign minister identified the situation in iraq and afghanistan and no doubt appealing to public opinion, pointing to the unsatisfactory state of affairs and those two interventions. so far as the position in syria is concerned, there are military intervention and the one
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 7:00am EDT
fashion and it will be a stream of traffic all day today. they know that the united nations inspectors are there until saturday morning. they do not believe that anything will occur until they are gone, and there is something of, i will call it, a relaxed tone about the way that people are leaving the country. nevertheless, they don't want to be there should there be a military strike, so they are making their way out of lebanon. >> the inspectors continue their third day of work with this critical investigation. realistically, what can they any kind, what do they need to find? >> well, a number of people incidentally who have come out richelle say they have seen the inspectors in action. they've been in the eastern portion of damascus where the united nation have been working on the ground. we have not spoken to anybody who directly had any connection to chemical attacks at all, and nobody's speaking to that effect, but they say that the united nations is going in and out of hospital areas there, that they are taking hair and blood samples and as they know, taking soil samples, as wel
PBS
Aug 23, 2013 8:00pm PDT
was an effort to try to the united nations and united states allies abroad work on both the investigation of what happened with the alleged chemical attacks but also to try to apply pressure on the situation to try to assess where things go from here. the white heard at house earlier this week was, oh, let's take a long pause and try the facts arewhat on the ground and let the u.n. inspectors investigate and what heard from the president today, he said on the interview there, he didn't think would be cooperation from the assad government which suggests considerg to have to other options simultaneously. we know there have been meetings, there will be more at the white house. we know the administration has options it is considering, it considering, about what -- how to proceed but the verydent seems to be concerned about not only the u.s. pressure to lead but also public's desire not to lead. gwen: tell me about this red issue, tom, because we -- the president is the one who "red line" and seems to be back pedaling ever since. what is the line the administration is waiting? state department
FOX News
Aug 29, 2013 8:00am PDT
inspectors, until there's been further action at the united nations, and another vote in this house. >> reporter: so if you go through all of that, the u.n. inspectors are not expected to leave syria until at least saturday. david cameron laying out other conditions best u.n., before the u.k. parliament. the president, meanwhile, sat down, late yesterday, with pbs. did a television interview. he was leaning forward on the possibility of military action, talking about a so-called, shot across the bow at syrian president bashar al-assad. although republican senator john mccain said this can not be just a symbolic shot across the bow. it has to be something that helps the rebels in the long run. take a listen. >> if we are saying in a clear and desigh sieve but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term and may have a, positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilians. >> my view is what the president should be saying is that, now he has com
CBS
Aug 28, 2013 4:00am PDT
morning, alfonso. >> in fact, united nations inspectors are back on the search for evidence of a poisonous gas attack outside the syrian capital this morning. at the same time there are four u.s. navy destroyers in position m mediterranean, and they're within range of syrian targets. >> reporter: rebels that may get a boost from western air strikes any day now. washington is rallying international support for action against the assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people. >> it seems to me it's clearer and clearer that the government of syria is responsible. >> reporter: it is believed washington has intelligence to support military action. much of it is still classified, ranging from intercepted syrian communications to tests of tissue samples taken from the victims. the obama administration says the international community has an obligation to act and prevent crimes against humanity. u.s. officials say it overrides the country's sovereignty. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> reporter
FOX
Aug 23, 2013 5:30pm EDT
into the immediate area, but what can they find out about what happened. not be the united nations. in 1999, the u.n. was sidelined but you had nato. you go back to libya, the started with the invitation from the arab league. legitimizing vehicles are necessarily available, that means you will have to look at the countries turkey,round syria like jordan, israel. they will have to be the ones that validate whatever action is taken. >> this is clearly a very cautious president. without the u.n., without this mandate, will such a coalition be enough to spark any action from him? >> that is the conversation starting, the words of the foreign secretary on more important. france has joined in that call, so has turkey. he will need to not only build the case, but also find a way to work with russia. whatever happens, russia will react negatively if there is a direct response to what happened. what would punitive action look like in real terms? >> since there is no appetite either outside of syria or inside of syria for international boots on the ground, the options would probably be something like a crui
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 8:00pm EDT
there, james? >> here at the united nations, i think there is no chance that there will be agreement to the possibility of military intervention. out there all of this the security council is deeply divided, russia and china on one side, and they are not going to support any military intervention, which means it has to be done without the united nationed consent. before kerry spoke, his counterpart to russia spoke. >> translator: we had this moment before in iraq and libya, not a single case of military intervening resulted in things improving and life standards improving or stabilization in place. on the contrary. the region has detail -- destabilize in an unprecedented way. >> you are going to hear straight away russia saying that it was an legal action. but i think we are going to hear the same sort of language that we heard from the secretary of state today that there is a moral violation. >> james what are they saying about the sniper attack on un weapon's inspectors in syria today? >> the un inspectors went out in their convoy, the start of their mission after all of the stalli
CSPAN
Aug 29, 2013 10:00am EDT
of the united nations. every diplomatic channel. every option for securing the latest for the steps we take. and we must recognize the skepticism and concern that many in the country will have after iran all the way in which "the situation" and the a x we take are very different. we muster in -- ensure any action is proportionate, legal, and specifically designed to deter the use of chemical weapons. we must ensure any action support that is accompanied by a renewed effort to forge a political solution and relieve humanitarian suffering in syria. but at the same time, we must not let the specter of previous mistakes paralyze our ability to stand up for what is right. we must not be so afraid of doing anything that we end up doing nothing. let me repeat again. there will be no action without a further vote in this house of commons. but on this issue, britain should not stand aside. we must play our part in a strong international response. we must be prepared to take the identity of action. in order to do so. that's what the motion is about. and i commend it for the house. >> order! the quest
KBCW
Aug 25, 2013 10:00pm PDT
and children. after meetings with the unites nations, sunday the government agreed to let the un si of theattack. they say they have never used chemical weapons. the united states is concerned it is too late that they have destroyed evidence. president obama is considering a u.s. response. >> he has prepared options for all contingencies. >> reporter: law makers are cautious about military objection. >> the chief objective is to secure chemical weapons. >> i would do cruise missile strikes. >> reporter: russia says the u.s. should not take action until the un releases findings. >>> tens of thousands of people turned out to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on washington and martin luther king. even in a progressive city like san francisco, we have a long way to go. here are the numbers showing inequality. >> reporter: equality for all, san francisco has one trend. only 6% of san francisco residents are african americans but they are half of the population in jail. former administrator spoke. >> we have to dig deeper to find answers for why we have this disparity in a city that
PBS
Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
than 4,000 people killed so far this year. >>> a united nations team looking into human rights violations in north korea is visiting japan. the members are meeting with the families of japanese nationals abducted by the north and are listening to their plights. the parents of high profile abductee megumi yokota were among those who spoke to the u.n. members. the closed door interview lasted for about 90 minutes. the families later said they pulled out photos of their loved ones and gave details about the abductions. >> translator: i hope the united nations will take measures that will force north korea to act. >> the panel will invite the family members to a public hearing on the abductions in tokyo on thursday. it plans to submit a preliminary report of its find togz a session of the u.n. human rights council in september. >>> japanese researchers have begun a project to identify human remains in north korea. they're looking for traces of japanese who died at the end of world war ii. to complete their task, they need cooperation from north korean experts. nhk world reports fro
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 4:00pm EDT
else to aggress any nation member of the united nations on basil baseless alleg. >> now earlier today the u.n. security council met in new york over military intervention in syria. barnaby phillips has our report from london. >> reporter: britain senior ministers and soldiers came to downing street to discuss an attack on syria, how it might be done, and what the consequences could be. >> there is no comparison between this and iraq. this is where a crime against humanity has been committed, and there can be no argument about that. we have to decide whether the world responds to such a crime in such a way as to reduce the chances of it happening again. >> reporter: there will be an enormous international debate about this. here in britain the prime minister needs to convince parliament and a skeptical public that what he's doing is legally and morally justifiable and won't lead to a great greater british involvement to syria civil war. >> reporter: in britain as other countries members of the iraq war affect the political debate. david cameron will struggle to convince everyone that h
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
and should they turn out to be true it would be an monstrosity. >> reporter: a meeting at the united nations security council failed to produce the best ponce. secretary general ban ki-moon called for an investigation of all incidents but ultimately it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission. they continue to deny responsibility. >> everything that has been said is ridiculous, naive, unscientific emotional and subjective. we mean what we're saying, there is not the use of that weapon at all. the military o on the ground isa successful one. >> reporter: both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. it's more likely rebel groups are behind the attacks. the syrian national coalition has called for an international investigation. they say u.n. weapons inspectors already in syria to investigate allegations of previous attacks should urgently include wednesday's atrocity as part of their mandate. there have been claims and counter claims over the use of chemical weapons over the last two years. the slaughtering of the syrian people is likely to conti
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 1:00pm EDT
to be true, would be a monstrosity. >> an hour of the united nations security council failed to pro*e dues an agreement on the best response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation for all reported incidents but ultimately, it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission. they continued to deny responsibility. [ speaking foreign language ] >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and most unscientific and objective. we mean what we are saying. there is not any use of that weapon at all. the military operation taking place on the ground is a successful one and our forces are making progress from all sides facing the armed groups. >> both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. it is more likely that rebel groups are behind the attacks. the syrian coalition has called for an international investigation. they say u.n. weapons inspectors are already in syria to investigate previous allegations of attacks and should include these in their mandate. there have been claims and counter claims over the use of chemical weapons
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 8:00am EDT
months after dozens of schools are shut down. >> united nations inspectors are back at the site of a chemical attack in a suburb of the capitol city of damascus after their convoy was attacked this morning, the u.n. said snipers shot multiple times at one of their vehicles. that's even before they began their search for chemical weapons. british prime minister david cameron is cutting short his holiday. he'll chair a u.k. government security council meeting on the crisis in syria. the move comes just after defense secretary chuck hagel says the u.s. military is in fact ready to act on president obama's orders. security officials from 10 countries are meeting in jordan to discuss the best course in action in dealing with the crisis in syria. we go to mike in washington. what can you tell us about the obama administration's reaction to the crisis? >> the rhetoric has toughened in the five days since the chemical attacks in the suburb of damascus, as is a flurry of activity here at the white house and on the telephone. president obama saturday attending a national security council
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 11:00am EDT
exactly on where this came from. the fact is the united nations is not there to pin blame on anybody. their inspectors are there to determine if a chemical attack occurred at all. and they're looking at their first look that has gone on in and around the hospital there is. >> the they have been saying too little, too late. is there any case that they are right, the site was contaminated or corrupt? >> reporter: well in indications yet, dell, on that. it's been what they were worried about five days after the attack. the other thing that is important to remember, those inspectors were originally sent in following an attack after march and april, so long after the initial suspected chemical attack. this long after march and april, you can imagine the degradation from those, and only five days from this latest attack. for those who are saying too little, too late are amending that somewhat in terms of this latest attack with 355 people killed they might be in time to determine a lot from this. dell? >> david jackson joining us live from beirut with the latest from syria. thank you very
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 1:00pm EDT
's passing since that attack. we have more on the inspectors and the attack. >> reporter: united nations' chemical weapons investigators leave their damascus hotel to inspect the site of last week's attack. but an u.n. spokesperson said unidentified snipers deliberately shot at the first vehicle to approach the area. this shows the 4 x 4 that was targeted. bullet hole in the windshield. no one was injured but the team was forced to go back to the syrian army checkpoint. it took four days of negotiation before the syrian government would allow the u.n. investigators access. the assad government has repeatedly denied all responsibility. but senior u.s. british and french officials among others say they have little doubt over ho carried out the attack. >> from accounts that we and some of our partners around the world have, what is certain is that this massacre originates from assad's regime. we'lthat's what will be decidedn the coming days. >> reporter: they suggested that military response to the alleged attack is possible without, quote, complete unity at the united nations security coun
FOX News
Aug 24, 2013 12:00pm PDT
officials. the white house says president obama wants to hear from a united nations team on the ground in syria investigating reports that a chemical weapons attack did happen earlier this week before the president makes a decision about how the u.s. will respond. in the meantime, the president has asked the pentagon to come up with strategic plans in case the u.s. decides to go forward with some type of military action in syria, possibly air strikes or missile attacks. the defense secretary chuck hagel, traveling in asia, told reporters yesterday, quote, the defense department has a responsibility to provide the president with options for all contingencies. that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets to be able to carry out different options, whatever options the president might choose. syria has said that the allegations that it used chemical weapons on its own people as this video purports to show are, quote, absolutely baseless. one former u.n. ambassador under president george w. bush says president obama has to decide now what his objectives are with syria, its g
PBS
Aug 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
this hour. syrian government has agreed to allow united nations inspectors to visit the sites of alleged chemical weapons attacks. opposition activists said last wednesday government forces used poisoned gas in an assault on the suburbs of damascus. they said hundreds of people were killed. the u.n.'s high representative for disarmament affairs traveled to the syrian capital to press for an investigation. officials with the syrian foreign ministry announced the government would grant the inspectors access. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon said they will visit the sites on monday. he said government officials agreed to a cease-fire in the area to assure the safety of the investigators. spokespersons for doctors without borders said three hospitals received about 3,600 people in the hours after the alleged attacks. they say 355 of those patients died. government officials have denied using chemical weapons. state-run tv reported such weapons were found in an armory belonging to opposition forces. >>> that is all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for
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